I’m posting five great NPR Piano Jazz interviews this week. Though Marian McPartland no longer actively hosts the show (which has been running since the late 1970s), it still airs weekly with encore performances and in an updated version hosted by Jon Weber.
Int today’s interview, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell brings his sparkling, atmospheric sound to this episode of Piano Jazz in a session that originally aired in October 2007.
At one point in the hour long show, Frisell’s give his solo take on “My Man’s Gone Now,” from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. Frisell picked up this tune when he first began studying jazz seriously by listening to Bill Evans and Miles Davis.
“It’s one of those tunes that stayed with me from the late ’60s when I first heard it, and I’ve been trying to play it all along,” Frisell says.
During the interview, Bill’s performances include:
- “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Harline, Washington)
- “My Man’s Gone Now” (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward)
- “All the Things You Are” (Hammerstein, Kern)
- “He’s the One” (McPartland)
- “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Williams)
- “Strange Meeting” (Frisell)
- “Echoes of Yesterday” (McPartland)
- “Blue Monk” (Monk)